Commerce limits pollock fleet's salmon bycatch

Posted: Friday, May 21, 2010

ANCHORAGE - The Commerce Department has approved a recommendation to limit the number of king salmon caught each year by the pollock fleet in the Bering Sea.

The department approved the recommendation of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council to limit the bycatch to fewer than 48,000 salmon a year.

The Anchorage Daily News reports the Association of Village Council Presidents, which represents Yukon-Kuskokwim villages, called for a limit of 30,000 kings.

The limits prevent trawlers from wasting salmon before they have a chance to return to spawning rivers.

Federal officials say pollock trawlers already have reduced their bycatch to fewer than 20,000 kings over the past three years.

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